Howard County Unveils New 3D Maryland Innovation + Prototyping Lab
3D Maryland, an initiative of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA), has officially opened the state's newest prototyping lab dedicated to the advancement of additive manufacturing, 3-D printing and rapid technology.
The Innovation + Prototyping Lab features industry-level workstations, a variety of industry standard professional software packages and four 3-D printers for prototyping. This new lab provides the facilities for 3D Maryland to offer seminars, workshops, classes and customized training while also making the lab resources available to both individuals and groups.
3D Maryland is already facilitating cross-industry collaboration and business growth, much of it coming out of the professional user group. Among the companies and agencies participating are The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Northrup Grumman, Next Line Manufacturing, Stanley Black and Decker, and Bowles Fluidics.
"We believe this initiative provides a tremendous opportunity for us to help businesses and industries commercialize new products," said Larry Twele, CEO of the HCEDA. "The initiative is already generating innovative new ideas and reducing the cost and time needed to produce new prototypes in fields from medicine to manufacturing."
$15M in Federal Grant Funding Set for BWI Improvements
The Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT) and Maryland Aviation Administration have been awarded a $15 million grant from the U.S. DOT to increase aircraft traffic flow at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.
These federal funds, administered through the Airport Improvement Program, are the second phase of a $44 million taxiway system improvement project to increase traffic flow at BWI. The airport received $5.7 million for the first phase of the project.
The funds will be used to relocate Taxiway D in accordance with FAA safety and design standards. Taxiway D will be moved to the proper runway separation to enhance airport capacity and allow increased operations during low visibility times. The improvements will complement the safety improvements being made to Runway 15R-33L, a $350 million project also partially funded through the Airport Improvement Program.
"Maryland jobs and billions in revenue for our state depend on maintaining BWI Marshall as a safe, dependable and efficient hub for domestic and international travel. Continued federal investment in BWI Marshall reflects our commitment to maintaining safety and the health of our regional economy," said Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.
Ulman Announces Retirement of Police Chief McMahon; Appoints Gardner
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced that Howard County Police Chief William McMahon will retire June 30 after a 30-year career in law enforcement, including eight as head of the department. Ulman named Major Gary Gardner to succeed McMahon.
Since being named chief by Ulman in 2006, McMahon, 51, has overseen major drops in crime in the county, with auto theft down 50%, robberies and motor vehicle fatalities down 35% and burglaries down 10%.
The Howard County Police Department has instituted new crime-fighting and public safety strategies to address the county's evolving population and changing needs during McMahon's tenure. In addition, specialized law enforcement units were created targeting repeat offenders and domestic violence, and focusing resources on senior citizens, Howard County's multicultural population, and those with mental health needs. Critical incident training was boosted as well.
Overall, the department grew by more than 70 positions during McMahon's tenure, with many additional positions focused on specialized needs. At the same time, an enhanced focus on driver safety, especially among teenagers, with increased enforcement of traffic laws, has led to a significant drop in traffic deaths.
The Mall in Columbia to Welcome Four New Retailers
The Mall in Columbia has announced that Maggiano's Little Italy, Talbots and Anthropologie will open this summer as part of the center's 70,000-square-foot expansion project. Seasons 52, a fresh grill and wine bar, also is scheduled to open this summer.
Maggiano's menu features both classic and contemporary Italian-American recipes, accompanied by a large selection of wines from acclaimed vintners and its own private wine label, Salute Amico. Talbots, a retailer of women's classic apparel and accessories, operates 504 Talbots brand stores throughout North America and will be relocating from its current mall location. Anthropologie, a destination for women who want clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor, operates 175 stores throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K.
To date, eight new retailers have opened in the open-air lifestyle center and streetscape, including Arhaus, Athleta, lululemon athletica, Secolari, Soma Intimates, True Religion, Zoe's Kitchen and a first-to-market AT&T Mobility concept store.
The Mall in Columbia's expansion is one of the first projects to break ground as part of the recently approved Downtown Columbia 30-year Master Plan. The overall plan for Downtown Columbia will include 13 million square feet of retail, commercial, residential, hotel and cultural development.
WIPP, BWCC Partner to Further Success of Women-Owned Business
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber (BWCC) have announced a strategic partnership that will allow both organizations to strengthen their ability to advocate for women business owners and work together to help their members experience successful business growth.
WIPP and BWCC will collaborate on educational and international programming, events and activities. WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen, including 75 business organizations. WIPP identifies important trends and opportunities and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of women-owned businesses.
MEA Reignites Its Campaign for Substantial Transport
The Maryland Energy Administration's (MEA) Grant Program for Idle Reduction Technology has now opened its third round of funding. Unveiled in October 2011, the newly extended program is funded through the MEA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Diesel Emissions Reduction Act for a total program budget of $202,000.
The program is led by the MEA in partnership with the Maryland Department of Environment and the Maryland Motor Truck Association. The program provides financial assistance to commercial, heavy-duty fleet owners and covers a portion of costs associated with installation of reduced fuel consumption technologies. This type of equipment is generally a vehicle add-on that reduces the amount of diesel consumed by approximately 70% when idling.
"Smart investments in energy efficiency technologies improve the quality of life for Marylanders by affecting change in the industries that touch our everyday lives," said Abigail Ross Hopper, director of the MEA. "Idle reduction technologies save money for Maryland companies, clean our air, reduce health impacts from diesel pollution and drive our economy forward through the growing demand for this equipment."
Three vehicle types are eligible for the Idle Reduction Grant Program: on-highway class 6 to class 8 heavy trucks, Maryland registered trucks (including new trucks that will be registered in the state), and leased vehicles. Buses are not eligible. "The movement of goods and people in the state of Maryland is fueled by diesel," said Hopper. "These types of grant programs ensure that our health and air quality are not negatively impacted by the fuel that powers our economy."
Applications for the Idle Reduction Grant Program are now being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until 4 p.m. on Sept. 1. For more information, visithttp://energy.maryland.gov/transportation/idle.
BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Expands Express Parking Lot
BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport has expanded its Express Parking Lot by 60 spaces. Express Parking provides BWI Marshall customers with luggage assistance and "trunk-to-terminal" shuttle service. The new spaces bring the total number of Express Parking spaces to 1,385.
The Express Parking Lot is located across from the airport's large Daily Garage at Terminal Road and Scott Drive, about one block from Aviation Boulevard/Route 170. Customers that park in the Express Parking Lot are picked up and dropped off directly at their vehicles. The expansion was made possible by the recent relocation of the airport's Cell Phone Lot. The rate for the Express Parking Lot is a maximum of $10 per day.
Tech Talks to Boost Innovative Cyber Solutions at June 10 Conference
Cyber and technology companies are invited to submit their new cybersolutions to be considered for inclusion in the Tech Talks segment of the Cyber 5.0 Conference on June 10, to be presented by GovConnects, a division of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
Those chosen from the companies that submit white papers before the conference will have five minutes to present their information to a panel of judges representing large primes and research and academic entities specializing in cybersecurity. To participate, a company must submit a one-page paper highlighting its strengths and capabilities regarding new cybersolutions and a white paper on the specific program or product it would like to present. Submissions are due no later than May 2.
With presentations by high-level keynote speakers, small-group educational sessions, exhibits and one-on-one mentoring, Cyber 5.0 is a one-day, one-stop opportunity for businesses to connect with leading cybersecurity experts. The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Kossiakoff Center in Laurel. The conference is sponsored by Leidos.
Sponsorships, exhibiting opportunities and tickets are available for Cyber 5.0. Early-bird prices are in effect until April 25. Get more information and register online at www.govconnectscyber.com.
Pink Plates Continues Through April
During the April blossoming season of Howard County's cherry trees, Howard County restaurants are encouraging diners to "Think Pink." For the fifth year, participating Pink Plate specials restaurants will create awareness for Blossoms of Hope and raise funds for the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center by dedicating a portion of their proceeds toward the effort. In 2013, more than $27,000 was raised.
Each establishment creates its own unique promotion. Ask for the Pink Plate Special at the following restaurants: AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar, Ale House Columbia, Alexandra's at Turf Valley, Baldwin's Station, Bistro Blanc, Ellicott Mills Brewing Co., Kelsey's, Mango Grove, Rams Head Tavern, Tersiquel's, The Elkridge Furnace Inn, The Iron Bridge Wine Co., The Melting Pot, Victoria Gastro Pub and Waterside Restaurant.
Walk at 2nd Annual Breathe Deep Columbia Event on April 26
The battle against lung cancer continues on Saturday, April 26, with Breathe Deep Columbia, which returns for its second year to help fight a disease that has a five-year survival rate of just 16% - killing nearly twice as many women as breast cancer and nearly three times as many men as prostate cancer.
Despite those figures, lung cancer receives less than 6% of federal cancer research funding. Breathe Deep Columbia is a fundraising event in which a walk of just 5 kilometers, or 3.1 miles, will go a long way toward research for the early detection and treatment of lung cancer.
Those attending will participate in a 5K walk on Columbia's pathways from the Lakefront Plaza to and around Wilde Lake, and then back. Strollers are welcome, as are pets; only portions of the walk are wheelchair accessible. There is an alternative 1K route for those challenged by the longer walk. The event is being held rain or shine.
Registration is $25 for adults; $15 for lung cancer survivors, seniors and students; and $10 for youths 13 and under. To register, or to make a donation, visit www.lungevity.org/columbia.
HCCC's Legislative Wrap-Hp Set for April 30
Following a legislative session in Annapolis that addressed the minimum wage, regulations, tax incentives and other business-related issues, members of the Howard County Delegation will discuss their successes and challenges at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce's (HCCC) annual Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast.
The breakfast will be held on April 30 at Turf Valley in Ellicott City. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., breakfast will be served at 8 and the program begins at 8:15. Following a seated breakfast, legislators will be invited to speak in a panel format about the issues they championed or opposed. Guests are invited to ask questions about the issues that concern them as they do business in the state.
Ticket prices for chamber members are $45 in advance or $55 at the door. Future members can purchase tickets for $60, including at the door as space is available and with full payment. More information and registration is online at www.HowardChamber.com.
Ruppersberger Launches High School App Challenge
Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger has issued an invitation to tech-savvy students to compete in his first-ever annual App Challenge. The academic competition, which is open to all high school students who reside in Maryland's Second Congressional District, requires students to create an original software application for mobile, tablet or other computer device on a platform of their choice.
The challenge is part of a national effort established by the U.S. House of Representatives to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation. Students entering the competition must provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through the competition process. The deadline for submissions is April 30.
More details on submitting a contest entry, the rules of the competition, and helpful programming resources for both students and teachers can be found on www.dutch.house.gov. The winning student's app in each participating congressional district will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives' web site and will be on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit.
Make It in Maryland Kick-Off Set for May 7
The Columbia-based Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP), the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland (RMI) and the Maryland World Class Consortia (MWCC) are joining together to launch a new Make It in Maryland program. The program is the first of its kind and will showcase and connect manufacturers in the state for networking and business opportunities.
To kick off the program, an event featuring special keynote speakers will be held at the Baltimore Museum of Industry from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on May 7. It will provide networking opportunities for Maryland manufacturers and stakeholders serving the industry.
Visit http://makeitinmaryland.mdmep.org for more information and to register. Sponsorship opportunities also are available and can be reserved by contacting Sara Marshall of MD MEP at firstname.lastname@example.org and 410-733-0219.
From MarylandReporter.com ...
Cyberattacks threaten state agencies, but no evidence of major disruptions:
Maryland government entities have suffered at least six cyberattacks since the beginning of 2013, according to incident reports from the Department of Information Technology. The heavily-redacted reports, obtained by Capital News Service through a Maryland Public Information Act request, reveal that data-hungry hackers and scammers aren't only going after retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus - they're targeting state agencies. Read more:http://marylandreporter.com/category/news/#ixzz2zUhuFPIS
Gubernatorial candidates divided on how to adjust or cut state taxes: With the Maryland gubernatorial election approaching at the end of the year, the seven major candidates are taking a stance on one of the state's hot-button issues: taxes. Read more:http://marylandreporter.com/category/news/#ixzz2zUi8fdeQ
Tipped workers left behind in minimum wage hike:
Many minimum wage workers will be getting a raise now that a hike to Maryland's wage has been signed into law. But while advocates are ascribing the increase as a win, there's a bitter aftertaste for one group that was left behind. Read more:http://marylandreporter.com/category/news/#ixzz2zUiF3Bcl
Absentee ballots moving online causes security concerns:Voters may get to skip the lines at the polls this summer by receiving and marking their ballots online, but election officials must first decide if the convenience outweighs the security risks. Read more:http://marylandreporter.com/category/news/#ixzz2zUiOKqIH
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